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Neck, shoulders, back, lower limbs

RSI affects the muscles, tendons, nerves and other soft tissues of the body. The term is commonly used to refer to pain and discomfort in the hands and arms amongst keyboard users but any part of the body that is subjected to overuse, compounded by poor posture, twisting, cold, vibration or stress, is vulnerable to developing an RSI-type condition.
 
Tension in the shoulders, stiffness in the neck and upper back pain with associated headaches can develop from a strain of the muscles which attach into the spine and a shortening of the muscles attaching into the anterior chest wall. Maintaining a poor posture for many years can lead to an exaggerated back curve which can, in turn, lead to disc inflammation in the back and even compress the rib cage.
 
Tendon or muscle inflammation around the shoulder joint can also result in thoracic outlet syndrome (compression of the nerves and/or blood vessel in up to four specific regions of the neck and shoulder).
 
There are also recorded cases of similar muscle and tendon injuries to the lower limbs and housemaid's knee, common in workers who kneel too much, is a recognised industrial injury.

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